The San Francisco 49ers have worked out a restructured contract with safety Craig Dahl, according to Aaron Wilson. I was a little confused at first, because Wilson said the deal would be one year, for $1.3 million with a $200,000 signing bonus, $175,000 roster bonus, and $50,000 workout bonus. Dahl's deal previously was going to pay him $1.4 million, with a cap hit of $1,933,334.
I was confused because the team takes a $233,334 dead money hit to go along with the rest of the deal. It appears to be clarified now by Matt Maiocco. He says Dahl has effectively taken a $400,000 pay cut. He was due $1.7 million in total compensation, but now will have a chance at $1.3 million in total compensation. That would provide for $166,666 in cap savings.
Dahl was the team's primary backup safety this past year, but his value is on special teams. Pro Football Focus rated him the best among the 49ers on punt coverage and in the return team. Ideally, Eric Reid and Antoine Bethea are healthy all season, and Dahl does not spend a whole lot of time at the safety position. Fingers crossed!